Resources for the Study of Black Washington

by Donna M. Wells

     An immense supply of resources combine to provide important insight into the growth and development of Black families, organizations, institutions, social and religious consciousness, and the continuing struggle for civil rights and human justice in the capital city. The following citations represent a sample of resources in a variety of formats, including published works, print media, and videography. Also included are references to non-print collections such as oral histories, manuscripts, web sites, and photographs. The criteria for inclusion in this resource guide is that each entry refers to either a finding aid to collections in local repositories, a general resource on Washington with references to the city's Black population, or a resource which concentrates specifically on some aspect of Black culture and history in Washington. Some of the items included under Print Media may be out of print but they are available from area libraries and repositories, including the Library Division of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.

Print Media
General Resources

Collins, Kathleen. Washingtoniana Photographs: Collections in the
     Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress
     Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1989.

Fisher, Perry G. Materials for the Study of Washington: A Selected
     Annotated Bibliography
. Washington: George Washington
     University, 1974.

Gilmore, Matthew. Black Washingtoniana: a (Preliminary) Basic
     Bibliography of Materials Relating to Blacks in the Collection
     of the Washingtoniana Division, D.C. Public Library

     Washington, D.C. : DC Public Library, 1998.

Levey, Bob and Jane Freundel Levey. Washington Album: 
     A Pictorial History of the Nation's Capital
. Washington, DC:
     Washington Post Books, 2000.

Melder, Keith [ with Melinda Young Stewart]. City of Magnificent
     Intentions: A History of Washington, District of Columbia
[Textbook]. 2
nd edition. Washington, DC: Intac, Inc., 1997.


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